How to Identify and Treat Intestinal Parasites in Goats
Parasites in Goats
If you raise goats for agricultural purposes or just have a few pet goats on your farm, early detection of intestinal parasites and a regular goat deworming schedule can make a big difference in the health of your goat herd and goats' happiness.
Look for signs of internal parasites, such as:
- Lethargy in goats. If your goat seems tired or lazy, your goat could be infected.
- Rougher than normal coat
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite or no appetite
Goats come into contact with parasite eggs through field grazing. An increase in goat parasites has been seen in areas where herd density is greater or there are warm and damp weather conditions.
To determine what type of worm has infected your goat, get a sample of the goat's feces and have your veterinarian analyze it.
Keep your goat herd on a regular deworming schedule to avoid parasite infection. Here is a standard goat deworming schedule; however, keep in mind that weather conditions or herd density could affect your goats' deworming schedule:
- Deworm all young goats before turning them out to pasture. This is where the parasite eggs live, and an un-wormed goat is highly susceptible to intestinal parasites.
- Deworm young goats again 2 - 3 weeks after first deworming.
- Rotate goats among different pastures to keep parasite loads down.
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